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Shareholders should demand that Shell’s activities in the Arctic be stopped

By a Regular Contributor Hopefully, Shell will soon accept that in the US Arctic their position is now untenable… If RDS wants to cut capex (and exposure), FLNG is a good place to start, as Simon Henry suggested yesterday. The Arctic should be next.  The Arctic is rapidly acquiring a similar profile to the Brent […]

Shell ship heads for Arctic

CBS/AP July 31, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. — Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation. The Fennica left dry dock Thursday afternoon and made its way down the […]

US Coast Guard ends Shell icebreaker bridge protest

Environmental activists have been removed from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, allowing an icebreaker to join a US Arctic oil-drilling operation. Police lowered the Greenpeace campaigners dangling on ropes from St John’s Bridge into boats, while the Coast Guard cleared dozens of kayaks. The icebreaker, chartered by Royal Dutch Shell, had been prevented from leaving […]

Shell Icebreaker Retreats After Morning Showdown

by Jes Burns and Cassandra Profita OPB | July 29, 2015 2:34 p.m. | Updated: July 30, 2015 8:58 a.m. | Portland, Oregon A Shell icebreaking vessel being protested by activist groups has turned around and is headed back toward the dry dock after a morning showdown with protesters. The St. Johns Bridge was reopened after […]

‘Shell No!': Dangling from a bridge to stop Arctic drilling

By Justin Wm. Moyer July 30, 2015 In the annals of extreme protesting, there are tree-sitters and there are sleeping dragons. Add to these the bridge-dangle — a technique craftily employed by 13 environmental activists in Portland, Ore., who wish to prevent a ship vital to Royal Dutch Shell Arctic drilling from leaving the Lower 48. […]

Activists hang off Oregon bridge to stop Shell icebreaker from returning to Alaska

Steven Dubois | Associated Press: July 29, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. — Environmental activists rappelled off Portland’s tallest bridge early Wednesday in an effort to stop a Shell Oil Arctic icebreaker from leaving the city. Thirteen protesters dangled from the St. Johns Bridge while another 13 remained on the bridge as lookouts. Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard […]

Protesters in Portland dangle from bridge in a bid to block Shell icebreaker

In Portland, environmental activists test out a new tactic: Climbers have rappelled off a bridge to block a Shell icebreaker. By Evan Bush and Hal Bernton: July 29, 2015  Trying to delay Shell’s Arctic ice-breaking ship in Portland, 13 protesters are dangling from the St. Johns Bridge, which spans the Willamette River. The protesters rappelled from the bridge at […]

Activists hang from bridge in Portland to block Shell’s Arctic vessel

Greenpeace climbers plan to spend days hanging from the bridge in Portland, Oregon in an attempt to hinder Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Oregon ‘kayaktivists’ to protest Shell Arctic oil search

PORTLAND, ORE., JULY 28 | BY SHELBY SEBENS Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday’s scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to […]

Cindy Shogan: Executive director, Alaska Wilderness League: 28 July 2015 Last week, myself, staff members from Alaska Wilderness League, a few mascots and some inflatable kayaks made our way to Lafayette Park just outside the president’s house — joining in the “kayaktivist” movement to protect the Arctic from Shell. The Save the Arctic movement has grown […]

Damaged Shell icebreaker arrives in Oregon for repairs

By – Associated Press – Saturday, July 25, 2015 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project, has arrived in Oregon for repairs. Portland Police officials said the 380-foot icebreaker arrived at a Swan Island dry dock about 3 […]

Kayakers will greet Shell Oil icebreaker this weekend

Friday, 24 July 2015 14:19 | Written by Steve Law Adopting a page from Seattle protesters, Portlanders concerned about oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean will take to kayaks on Saturday, when Shell Oil’s icebreaker, the Fennica, is expected to arrive at Swan Island for needed repairs. The icebreaker is needed in the Arctic as […]

Shell icebreaker bound for Portland

Protests are expected to greet vessel EO Media Group: 24 July 2015 Royal Dutch Shell’s MSV Fennica icebreaker vessel passed through Astoria Friday evening and picked up a U.S. Coast Guard escort on its way up the Columbia River to Portland. The vessel, which suffered a 39-inch gash in its hull and is bound for […]

Arctic drilling: Obama gives Shell the go-ahead despite 75% chance of major oil spills

ALICE HARROLD: THE INDEPENDENT: Friday 24 July 2015 The Obama administration has granted permission to Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea, off the northwest coast of Alaska. The company was given the final approval for its application to drill in the Arctic on Wednesday in what was a major loss for […]

Green Activists Outraged At U.S. Approval Of Shell Arctic Drilling

By Andy Tully: 23 July 2015 Environmental activists are furious that the Obama administration is allowing Royal Dutch Shell to begin its much-debated drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer, even with one remaining condition. Two permits were issued July 22 by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, but with the provision that […]

Shell banned from Arctic oil drilling without emergency equipment

Icebreaker that holds the required equipment has been sent for repairs, which could take weeks Royal Dutch Shell has been granted two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but the US has banned the company from drilling for oil until emergency equipment arrives in the region. The US Interior Department’s […]

Shell gets permits necessary for limited oil exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast

Associated Press: July 22, 2015 | 4:29 p.m. EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast. The two permits issued Wednesday clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with conditions. Shell can only drill the top sections of […]

Dear Mr. President: Prove Your Climate Rhetoric and Stop Arctic Drilling

  Miyoko Sakashita: Oceans Director, Center for Biological Diversity: 21 July 2015 Dear Mr. President: I’ve often been struck by your soaring rhetoric on combating climate change, transitioning to clean energy sources, and protecting the natural environment. Clearly on some level you get it, as you’ve demonstrated in speech after speech. That’s why I don’t understand […]

Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts come under fire in Unalaska

Jim Paulin: Dutch Harbor Fisherman: July 19, 2015 Shell came under criticism at a meeting in Unalaska last week from an unlikely pair, a representative of Greenpeace concerned about global environmental impacts and city official — and pro-developoment booster — Frank Kelty, complaining about local impacts brought by the influx of oil company workers filling up the […]

Cold receptions for Shell in Lower 48 ports mean opportunity for Alaska

Frank Murkowski: July 19, 2015 A dynamic event is underway in Arctic Alaska today: one that, if successful, could have a profound effect on our state’s economy. Shell Alaska is preparing to drill for oil this summer in Alaska’s offshore continental shelf. To date, Shell has expended over $7 billion in gearing up for their effort. […]

Barrow, a town divided over Shell’s drilling

Krista Langlois | High Country News: July 19, 2015 BARROW — As Royal Dutch Shell’s massive drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, chugs its way up the Alaska coast, the 4,700 residents of America’s northernmost town was focused on a different event: the annual Nalukataq festival, in which the entire community shares in the bounty of a […]

Activists Gather At Goleta Beach To Protest Arctic Drilling

Alys Martinez, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Reporter, [email protected]: 18 July 2015 GOLETA, Calif. – Activists gathered at Goleta Beach Saturday to protest Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. We’re here because Shell is threatening to drill in the Arctic and we need to say “Shell no!” said Becca Classen of Food […]

Kayactavists Prepare For Shell Icebreaker To Arrive In Portland

by Amelia Templeton OPB | July 18, 2015 Climate change activists in Portland are planning to take to the water in kayaks to engage in civil disobedience when an ice-breaking vessel working for the Royal Dutch Shell oil company arrives at a local dry dock for repairs. The ship, the MSV Fennica, is part of the fleet […]

Bozeman’s Arctic Ocean Day of Action protests drilling in Arctic

BY LEWIS KENDALL Chronicle Staff Writer Paddling protesters took to local waters Saturday in an effort to protect the remote seas of the Arctic. A handful of activists floated in kayaks on Hyalite Reservoir holding signs that read “Shell No” — a reference to oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell, which, after receiving the federal […]

Shell Rigs Leave Dutch for Chukchi, To Wait

By Liz Ruskin, APRN | July 17, 2015 Shell is still moving its ships and equipment into the Arctic, even as one of its icebreakers prepares to head back south for repairs. The unexpected crack in the hull of the ship called the Fennica has added a measure of uncertainty to the start of the […]

Shell-contracted drillship begins final Arctic journey

Jul 17 2015, 16:39 ET | By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) still does not have the final permits it needs to begin boring an exploratory oil well in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, but today’s sendoff of the Noble Discoverer drilling rig suggests the company’s confidence that those […]

George Clooney and Greenpeace take aim at Shell

Written by Rita Brown – 13/07/2015 7:55 am George Clooney is leading a star-studded line-up in the latest round with Shell over plans for its Arctic drilling. The Hollywood megastar has closed ranks with Dame Judie Dench, Jerry Hall, Chris Martin, Kate Moss and Peter Capaldi for a T-shirt campaign designed by Vivienne Westwood for […]

Shell’s damaged Arctic drilling support vessel will go to Oregon for repair

Shell’s damaged Arctic drilling support vessel will go to Oregon for repair Dan Joling | Associated Press: July 13, 2015 Shell oil company will send a damaged ship carrying equipment required for Arctic offshore oil drilling from Alaska back to the West Coast for repairs. Royal Dutch Shell PLC ‘s drilling schedule for two exploratory wells […]

Celebrities get shirty to freeze Shell out of Arctic

Article published by The Sunday Times Extract from article by Gareth Rubin Published 12 July 2015 DAME Judi Dench, George Clooney, Kate Moss and Peter Capaldi are among 60 celebrities lending their faces to a campaign to shame Shell over its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. They have been photographed in a T-shirt […]

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water?

Shell’s vessel Fennica took short cut through shallow water? Damaged Arctic icebreaker’s route questioned Posted on July 10, 2015 | By Jennifer A. Dlouhy WASHINGTON — New marine tracking data shows a Shell-contracted icebreaker may have crossed through shallow waters that offered little clearance between the vessel’s bottom and the ocean floor before a 3-foot […]

Shell’s ice management vessel damaged in Alaska

Wed Jul 8, 2015 12:46am IST Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s icebreaker vessel Fennica returned to the Dutch Harbor in Alaska with a small breech in the hull, raising concerns about the company’s plan to resume drilling in the Arctic later this month. Shell said in June it plans to restart drilling for oil in the […]

Hull damage forces Shell Arctic support ship in for repairs

BY MARK THIESSEN: Associated Press: July 7, 2015 An icebreaker carrying a key piece of equipment for Arctic drilling planned by Royal Dutch Shell off the northern coast of Alaska was forced to return to dock after a hole more than three feet long was discovered in its hull, the company said Tuesday. It was unclear […]

Shell’s Arctic icebreaker damaged in Alaska

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy: 7 July 2015 WASHINGTON — Shell’s drive to resume Arctic drilling this summer has hit another speed bump, with the discovery of a hole in the hull of an ice management vessel meant to safeguard the company’s operations in the Chukchi Sea. The MSV Fennica was on its way from Dutch […]

In the Race to Control the Arctic, the U.S. Lags Behind

BY BOB REISS 7/6/15 It was just after Christmas 2012, and the Kulluk, a 250-foot-high, floating oil-drill rig, swung like a metronome in gale-force winds blowing through the Gulf of Alaska. The tug that had been towing the rig bobbed helplessly in 50-foot waves, her four diesel engines flooded with seawater as the rig’s skeleton […]

Shell set to begin Arctic oil drilling within two weeks

Environmentalists took to kayaks to protest Shell’s Arctic exploration plans (Source: Getty) by Clara Guibourg: 6 July 2015 Oil giant Shell is set to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks, as 30 ships have left Alaskan harbours towards two exploratory wells. The Arctic is one of the planet’s most […]

Shell Kicks off Grassroots Campaign against Crude Oil Theft in Ogoniland

6 July 2015 The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has kicked off the second phase of its grassroots campaign against crude oil theft and illegal oil refining activities in Ogoni land, Rivers State. The first phase of the campaign in 2014 reached over 7,000 community people from Eleme, Gokana, Khana, and Tai […]

Shell embarks on controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of £4.5bn quest for oil

By LAURA CHESTERS FOR THE DAILY MAIL: 3 July 2015 Shell has kicked off its controversial Arctic exploration programme as part of a £4.5billion search for oil under the region’s freezing, pristine seas. After being forced to embarrassingly abandon its plans in 2012 and pulling out after finding gas in the 1990s, Shell’s convoy of 30 […]

Shell Arctic oil drilling to commence within weeks

…if the initial wells do not find oil, Shell will contemplate walking away from the region entirely. By Richard Anderson: Business reporter, BBC News: 3 July 2015 Oil and gas giant Shell is expected to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic within the next two weeks. Thirty ships left Dutch Harbor in Alaska on Thursday […]

After Settlement, Relief at a Diminished BP

By STANLEY REED and CLIFFORD KRAUSS JULY 2, 2015 LONDON — BP’s future no longer has a giant cloud ahead. But it will take years, if not decades, for the company to approach its size of five years ago, before the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig. Since the 2010 blowout of the Macondo well killed […]

BP to pay £12bn for Gulf oil spill

2 July 2015 BP has reached an $18.7bn (£12bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. It comes as a US federal judge was expected to rule on how much BP owed in Clean Water Act penalties following the environmental disaster. Over 125 million gallons of […]